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The 10-percent rule in running: how to start?

As you've discovered, the 10% rule isn't really applicable to someone who is completely new to running. It requires that you already have an established weekly running volume that you can tolerate, so ...
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What kind of interesting exercises can I do to lose weight?

As mentioned in yisrael's answer and Aequitas' comment, you're gonna need to track your calorie intake. Combining a caloric deficit by diet with exercise is going to be a lot easier than just doing ...
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Should I rest completely or just tone it down?

If there was no pain before you started running, you're probably overdoing it. A mile and a half really isn't much, and your cardio ability might be there, but your soft/connective-tissue ability ...
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What kind of interesting exercises can I do to lose weight?

In order to lose weight you need to be in a caloric deficit; meaning you expend more energy from the combination of your daily activity plus exercise than you eat. If you are not tracking both your ...
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Good exercises to burn fat with bad knees?

I'm going to agree with whoever suggested swimming to you in the past. The water provides resistance, and the distance provides the heartrate. In effect, it's both a strength exercise, and a ...
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Running injuries when competing

Do not do any self-diagnosis. Consult a musculoskeletal specialist and get yourself diagnosed. Never assume anything, as similar symptoms may be because of different reasons.If given proper attention ...
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Can Climbing stairs lead to good weight loss..?

You basically have two questions here. First, is stair-climbing good for weight loss? Honestly, not much. This document calculates about .17 calories burned per step going up and .05 going down. If ...
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Knee Pain, Stopped exercise, Any other way to reduce weight?

Unfortunately, we can't tell you the reason for your knee pain. It may be physical, it may be equipment (poor fitting/worn out shoes, etc) or something else. I would recommend getting with a trainer ...
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Dealing with torsional knee stress during Dance Dance Revolution

The knee is a hinge joint that will never respond well to rotational forces. Gray Cook's joint-by-joint approach to training states that lack of stability in the knee is usually caused by lack of ...
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Knee pain, but not whilst doing exercise

What you're going through sounds similar to an experience that I had. I was a college athlete, I played basketball and tennis every day of the week and lifted multiple times a week. I had very bad ...
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Sore knees from playing squash

I would look at your diet and especially your natural collagen production. This for me was an issue I had with perthes disease. Eating high nutrient dense foods really help, especially at high intense ...
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Squats & Lunges above parallel - is there any benefit?

There's always going to be benefit from any movement (you're using SOME muscle, so SOME muscle will get trained), but of course, by limiting the range of motion (ROM), you're also limiting the effect. ...
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Knee pain when squatting

A person with average geometry should generally track the knees over the toes if they are performing more than a half-squat. Contrary to the common dogma, there is nothing inherently dangerous about ...
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Good exercises to burn fat with bad knees?

I prefer using an indoor rowing machine. Rowing machines allow for a complete body workout and are relatively low impact on the knees. You can easily set the machine to provide a low or high impact ...
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Squats: point feet forward and externally rotate hips?

Everyone's hips are slightly different. Most people turn their toes out to ensure that their knee tracks over their toes. That said, squat stances can vary massively depending on type and sport: ...
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Which exercises best treat an existing runners knee injury

Barbell back squats are probably the most effective exercise for strengthening everything south of your belt line. Everything else is a half measure or more dangerous. If there was a more effective ...
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looking for best way to progressively increase my leg muscles without making my hurt cartilage more hurt?

Please consider quitting seated leg presses and other machine-based movements. These can bias your exertion toward quad-dominance, which may exacerbate imbalances in forces in your knees. Instead, ...
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Knee Pain, Stopped exercise, Any other way to reduce weight?

Pain comes from somewhere. You have to understand (and get someone to help you understand) what is causing the pain. Is it something in the ligaments ? Muscles ? Bones ? Is it a muscle imbalance ? Is ...
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Single foot turned outwards, knee pain

Here is what has worked for me, to some extent. (Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee that this will work for you!) A physical therapist made me do single leg balance exercises. These exercises reinforce ...
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What would be best squat stance and toe position for a person with weak knee?

Well, to begin with I would work on strengthening the knees. A simple exercise you can do is to put one foot forward and focus most of your weight on it, as you tighten the quad. You're kind of ...
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What would be best squat stance and toe position for a person with weak knee?

It’s a matter of getting everything aligned properly. Which is hard to explain with words alone, but getting your knees in the right position will require you to get your hips and ankles in the right ...
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Stepping down safely for knee

Stepping down is always known to cause greater stress to the knee joint than stepping up. Since you have had a recent episode where you did the one legged squat, your knee joint may tend to pain for a ...
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Good exercises to burn fat with bad knees?

I would also be inclined to suggest biking. Livestrong goes through the calorie math when compared to running and shows that biking can burn an equivalent number of calories to running. I don't ...
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Squats: point feet forward and externally rotate hips?

I’m going to disagree with the statement that “…pretty much everyone turns their feet out slightly”. I tend to vary my foot placement, and, I know of others that do also. This includes ‘neutral’ (...
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Are there any specific exercises that can reduce pain from kneeling?

Honestly, there's not much in terms of exercises to "build up" the knee in any way for kneeling, as the damage done is largely from the static position (most people, when kneeling, stay there for ...
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Why can I run for 6 miles without any problems, but standing still in one place for more than 10 minutes makes my knees sore?

Like the comments, it's impossible to say exactly what is happening over the internet, but, you're also asking for experience, and here is mine: It could be that your knees just aren't used to ...
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Easier Version of Backward Lunge

There’s a myriad of exercises that you can do to train your legs and glutes with just dumbbells. However, I would caution you that changing the exercise may not alleviate your knee pain. For a ...
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What kind of interesting exercises can I do to lose weight?

I disagree with the Tom Gray's answer. Don't follow the meal plan. Everybody is different, and have different needs. You have to build a meal plan that can help you with your need. This meal plan can ...
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Knee pain when squatting

My recommendation would be to train a more knee-dominant form of squatting -- i.e., front squats (for sets of a few reps, around 5-6 only, to not overload the knees). Front squats force a more upright ...
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Good shoes for knee pain

I have a torn ACL and after wearing the Adidas Bostons, my knees have felt tons better. Note that I believe that I own 2013 versions. I've also worn Adidas's supernovas and they were quite ...
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